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Try this quick, zesty vegetarian chili packed with bell peppers, bulgur wheat, beans, tomatoes and spices. The bulgur wheat looks like ground beef and adds a lot of fiber. As a result, this healthy vegetarian chili looks a lot like traditional chili.

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  1. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  2. 2 cups chopped onion
  3. 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  4. 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  5. 6 cloves minced garlic
  6. 4 cups water
  7. 1 1/2 cups dry bulgur wheat
  8. 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained
  9. 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained
  10. 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
  11. 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  12. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  13. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  14. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  15. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  16. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  17. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


In a medium soup pot, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell peppers and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the water, bulgur, kidney beans, black beans, tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly as the water is absorbed into the bulgur.